England, Italy, Scotland, Austria, China and Korea unbeaten after two games

  • Austria's Christian Roth and Claudia Fischer Photos: © WCF / Richard Gray

England, Scotland and Italy all recorded their second wins, from two games, in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2017 in Lethbridge, Canada’s ATB Centre on Sunday (23 April) morning.

England defeated Kazakhstan 17-2, helped by steals of three points in each of the third and fourth ends. Also, in the sixth end, using mixed doubles’ *power play rule, they completed the game by scoring six points.

Opening with a score of five points in the first end Scotland went on to beat Bulgaria 10-3. Also, using a power play in the sixth end to score four points, Italy beat Denmark by the same score, 10-3.

The remaining games were won by Norway (6-2 against Wales) and Ireland (10-2 over Serbia). These were first wins for Norway and Ireland.

In session six, there were wins for China, Australia, Austria, Korea and Spain.

The closest of these games was between Korea and Sweden. This game went all the way down to the last stone before the winner was decided. Going into the eighth end Sweden utilised their power play and had a draw to the button to win, but their final stone was heavy and ran through the house. This gave Korea a steal of one point and the 6-5 win.

China beat Israel 13-2, scoring four points in the opening end and six points in the fourth end. Australia won against Netherlands 9-5, meanwhile Austria’s second win came against Poland, 10-3. Finally, Spain recorded their first win of the event against New Zealand. The final score in that game was 8-6.

*Power play: Teams have the right to use a ’power play’ once in every game, in an end where they have last stone advantage. When a ’power play’ is being used, the pre-placed stones will be moved out to one of the sides, and placed as a corner guard and a stone behind it, with the back of the stone against the tee line.

Results after session five: Kazakhstan 2-17 England; Bulgaria 3-10 Scotland; Wales 2-6 Norway; Serbia 2-10 Ireland; Denmark 3-10 Italy

Results after session six: Israel 2-13 China; Australia 9-5 Netherlands; Austria 10-3 Poland; Korea 6-5 Sweden; New Zealand 6-8 Spain

Standings: visit http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/livescores

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